In Austin, Texas a district judge reversed the school’s ruling which forced a teacher’s aid to remove her Charlie Brown Christmas display, after educators from the school believed its biblical message would be offensive to non Christian students.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” were the words written on the homemade display on the office door of Dedra Shannon, a nurse’s aide at Patterson Middle School.
Two weeks ago, after Shannon had put up her display, the principal of the school demanded she have it removed because of the biblical message the decoration promoted insisting that it broke state laws.
Even though Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as other community activists, opposed the decision they believed was motivated by political correctness, the Killeen school board remained firm on their decision, voting in favor of the display’s removal by 6-1 this past Tuesday.
On Thursday Paxton sued the district to reverse the school’s decision, calling it “censorship.” Paxton filed the suit in Bell County District Court which stated, “Contrary to the decision of KISD, the inclusion of Bible verses or religious messages on student or teacher-sponsored holiday decorations does not violate Texas law.”
Judge Jack Jones ruled in favor of their case, asking them to add the line, “Ms. Shannon’s Christmas message,” to remove the district’s liability for endorsing any particular religion.
Paxton spoke out about the incident saying, “Once again, public schools have decided that their commitment to diversity does not extend to Christians. Neither faculty nor students shed their constitutional rights when they step inside the schoolhouse door. The law in fact encourages school districts to take an inclusive approach to religious and secular celebrations that are both respectful and accepting of different viewpoints.”
After the courts ruling Paxton said in a statement, “Religious discrimination towards Christians has become a holiday tradition of sorts among certain groups. I am glad to see that the court broke through the left’s rhetorical fog and recognized that a commitment to diversity means protecting everyone’s individual religious expression.”
The Killeen school officials have yet to respond concerning the courts rulings.
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